Thursday, October 25, 2018

Frightful Fridays! Frogtober! Puffer Frog

Hello and welcome back for some more Frogtober fun! Today's Inktober theme is "prickly," and the image that leapt to mind was that of a puffer fish, with all those lovely spines. However, I've done plenty of magical beasts and animals, and I realized I haven't designed a vermin for this month. I thought it would be fun to throw a jellyfish into the mix of puffer fish and frog. Its resting position is with all of its spines facing inward so it can dose them with acid and poison, and then it inverts many of its spines (to burn and poison its opponents) when it goes into battle.

I hope you enjoy the puffer frog. See you tomorrow with another monster!

(as mentioned earlier, I won't have an illustration for this or a little while. I'll update this post and create a new post when I get the art from Hugo)

This gaunt, frog-shaped creature is translucent apart from the numerous thorn-like objects pointing inward. Several stubby tentacles dangle from what appears to be its mouth. Despite its awkward appearance it floats in the air with no difficulty.
Puffer Frog      CR 4
XP 1,200
N Large vermin
Init +2; Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +1
AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +6 natural, –1 size)
hp 42 (5d8+20)
Fort +8, Ref +3, Will +2
Defensive Abilities amorphous; DR 5/piercing or slashing
Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft. (average), swim 30 ft.
Melee slam +8 (1d8+9 plus 1d4 acid and poison)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks engulf (DC 18, 1d8 piercing, 1d6 acid, and poison), spiky skin
Str 23, Dex 15, Con 18, Int —, Wis 13, Cha 6
Base Atk +3; CMB +10; CMD 22 (can't be tripped)
Feats Hover[B]
Skills Fly +0, Swim +14
SQ amphibious, compression
Environment any
Organization solitary or colony (2–16)
Treasure none
Poison (Ex) Slam or engulf—Injury; save Fort DC 16; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Dex; cure 2 consecutive saves. A creature that takes Dexterity damage from this poison is sickened until the Dexterity damage is healed.
Spiky Skin (Ex) Damage from a puffer frog’s slam attack counts as bludgeoning and piercing damage.

The name “puffer frog” is a misnomer for these alien jellyfish based on their odd frog-like resting appearance and their propensity to bloat when startled. The creatures are kept as pets and guardian creatures by other intelligent jellyfish-like creatures on distant worlds and below the sea. Their strange biology allows them to survive in the air as well as in the water.

When at rest, puffer frogs have their spikes facing inward, which allows the spikes to absorb acid and poison contained within the creatures’ bodies. When fending off predators or hunting prey, they intake large quantities of air to increase their apparent size, and, in the process, turn half the spikes outward. This instinctive response alerts predators that the puffer frogs are dangerous, while it gives the jellyfish an advantage when they stalk prey. Their poison burns as it courses through victims’ bodies, rendering their victims unable to mount an effective defense. After victims succumb to the poison, puffer frogs flow over and digest their fallen prey. The jellyfish rarely engulf foes while the creatures still have fight left in them, but, if cornered, they use this tactic as a last resort.

A typical puffer frog measures 12 feet in length and weighs 250 pounds.

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